Slow Cooker Dirty Chai

Slow Cooker Dirty Chai An Unrefined Vegan

Slow Cooker Dirty Chai An Unrefined Vegan

I love spicy, warm chai in all it’s incarnations (over the years I’ve shared: Chai Chocolate Chip Cookies, Chai-Spiced Oatmeal Tart, Chai Chocolate Green Smoothie, Vanilla Chai Truffle Cakes, Chocolate Chai Truffle Cakes, Banana Chai Buttermilk Waffles, Earl of Chai, and Chai Tea-Infused Cherry & Apricot Compote) and I’m fairly fond of coffee, too – as long as it’s heavily laced with soy milk. So “dirty chai” just had to be a drink I would love. But when I’ve tried it in coffee shops, the drink has been way too sweet or too heavy on the coffee. Making my own seemed like the only option. I like to get this going in my small slow cooker early in the morning so that Kel and I can have a steaming, hot cup mid-morning or after lunch. Tweak the spices to your liking and use your favorite sweetener to get just the right balance.

Slow Cooker Dirty Chai An Unrefined Vegan


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Vegan Slow Cooker Dirty Chai

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  • Author: Annie
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 180
  • Total Time: 190


Coffee tastes even better when it’s lightly spiced with orange, anise, cinnamon, and a hint of pepper.


  • 1 1/4 cups non-dairy milk (I prefer soy)
  • 1/2 cup freshly-brewed espresso or coffee
  • 2 large orange peels
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • ~4 black or white peppercorns
  • ~6 drops vanilla stevia liquid and/or additional preferred sweetener to taste


  1. Put all ingredients in a small 1.5-quart slow cooker and set to low. Cook for 3-4 hours. You can also cook this on high for 2-3 hours.
  2. Strain out the solids and discard. Serve.


  • Serving Size: 2
  • Calories: 128
  • Sugar: 2
  • Sodium: 129
  • Fat: 5
  • Saturated Fat: 5
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 18
  • Protein: 3
  • Cholesterol: 0

Slow Cooker Dirty Chai An Unrefined Vegan

Slow Cooker Dirty Chai An Unrefined Vegan

Slow Cooker Dirty Chai An Unrefined Vegan


34 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Dirty Chai

    1. An Unrefined Vegan Post author

      I think my favorite part of this is the “dirty” in the title :-P. I don’t know why it cracks me up, but it does.

      I was psyched when I found those coasters! Such a food blogger…

  1. Marfigs

    Yum yum! I love action shots (because I’m too lazy to set up a tripod) – some beautiful photos as always, especially the colours.

    Also, I’m so happy to read that someone prefers soy milk instead of almond or what not. A small nitpick but it’s one of the most expensive non-dairy drinks over here and drives me crazy to see it in most recipes. :p

  2. Sophie33

    Very pretty inviting pictures, dear Anne! Why do you call it dirty? This looks fantastic! I am going to make it directly! It looks perfect for tho time of year! MMM!

    1. An Unrefined Vegan Post author

      The coffee makes it “dirty,” Sophie. This is what they call this drink in coffeeshops/cafes here in the U.S. 🙂

  3. Angela @ Canned Time

    I’m not a Chai girl for some reason but I think if I left out the anise and the pepper I’d be in heaven with this cup of yum! So comforting. It’s a good ‘dirt’ right?
    And someday, maybe when you update things over here…I’ll get notified of your new posts…arrrggggg… love ya.

    1. An Unrefined Vegan Post author

      I think chai is one of those thing you either love or – strongly dislike. And anise is certainly one of those flavors.

      WordPress! It can make a person crazy! I’ll probably lose ALL of my subscribers when I switch to the new site – talk about argh!! Love ya back.

    1. An Unrefined Vegan Post author

      Thanks, girl! I LOVE the rustic wood stuff, too. I think I got the coasters at TJ Maxx :-P!

  4. Lovlie

    Beautiful photos! And that’s the color I like my coffee to be. The coffee shops make them far too strong for my taste. I couldn’t refuse some good chai spice!

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      1. erpartlan

        Oh ok, chai means tea so I just thought there was tea in there somehow. When I’ve ordered dirty chai at coffee shops, I’ve gotten tea, spices, and espresso. With the dairy free milk, it becomes a dirty hippie!

      2. An Unrefined Vegan Post author

        You are absolutely right, of course, about chai – I just found that when I added tea to my recipe the tea flavor wasn’t very noticeable, so I just went w/ the typical spices used when making chai tea. You could add a couple of heaping tablespoons of dried black tea to the slow cooker plus about a 1/2 cup of water, if you like. I hadn’t heard “dirty hippie” before – funny!

  8. Danielle

    Hello! This looks yummy and I can’t wait to try it. Do you think leftovers (if you have any!) would hold up in the fridge?


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